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This is not about personal preference. My feelings about the people on this list range from adoration to indifference to disgust. But none of these people had as positive reaction as Laverne Cox and Lupita Nyong’o did. In fact, many of them actually have a higher percentage of “no” than “yes”. With the exception of Benedict Cumberbatch, Laverne Cox received more reactions than anybody else, AND she has one of the highest “yes” percentages of anybody on the voting list.

So what is the point of voting, if the results of the voting don’t matter? We were told to vote for who we believed should be on the list, we did, and two of the people who received the most affirmative votes were not included.

So what was the point? Did you include them in the voting as some sort of kick-back, or an attempt to placate their fans, without any intention of including them? You included Megyn Kelly in a list entitled “pioneers”, and yet Laverne Cox has done more pioneering for the rights and interests of trans women than Megyn Kelly has ever done. You included two men who run dictatorships and commit human right violations routinely, people in media who haven’t really done anything spectacular within their fields, two politicians who had overwhelmingly negative reactions and…the Koch brothers?

Perhaps you had other criteria for the title “influential”. Perhaps a trans woman who campaigns for the rights and awareness of issues relating to trans women (one of the most denigrated groups in the world) didn’t meet that standard. Perhaps being awarded several humanitarian-related awards and being the key note speaker at several events wasn’t enough. Perhaps a woman who dares to speak out about these issues at the risk of her very identity being derided and attacked, because she wants to make her community better and she wants to help young girls just like her accept themselves and grow up in a better world just wasn’t influential enough for you.

And I guess a young actress who swept the awards season isn’t what you would call influential. I guess a woman who took on an emotionally trying role in a film that highlighted the atrocities on our nation’s past wasn’t good enough. A dark skinned woman who has just been deemed the most beautiful woman in the world, bringing hope and happiness to millions of black girls and women who are often insulted because of their skin—that just didn’t quite meet the same standards as being in a few films in one year. 

Or maybe, just maybe, the accomplishments of these two women challenge societal norms too much. Maybe what they have done and what they stand for is too uncomfortable for your readership and your editor. Maybe you just think the people the Koch brothers and Rand Paul influence are more important than the people Laverne and Lupita influence.

And that is a damn shame.





which fucking fedora wearing friendzoned nerd made this thing

yeah but notice that the seal’s intent is to eat those fish and the shark offers a mutually beneficial relationship for them

in which a dudebro unintentionally makes a really accurate analogy for the reason that they’re single forever

That’s a whale shark. They’re docile and in no way threatening to people or those fish depicted. Seals, by contrast, will attack people, possibly out of a frustrated sense of entitlement combined with poor socialization skills.

Well that backfired spectacularly.

Great example of “did not do the research” backfiring beautifully.




Contemporary Art Week!

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Chris Rahn for Magic: The Gathering, 2008

"Hey lets have a Contemporary Art Week here at Medieval POC"

"Ok so you’re gonna post contemporary black artists? cool"

"well only if they draw obvious influence from early art, oh and we’ll post literal Magic the Gathering art"

*jerk off motion* 

You know, I am actually amazed at how angry Contemporary Art Week has made this many people. I didn’t think it was possible to really be amazed anymore, but it’s probably the surprise factor still hanging on after all this time that keeps me going sometimes. I am genuinely baffled by this response, and how you came to this conclusion…or what you personally were expecting.

I chose to showcase one of the progressive frontiers of representation in one of the largest employers of contemporary fantasy artists working today, Wizards of the Coast.

I also want to take this opportunity to let my readers who are fantasy artists know that they WILL LOOK AT YOUR ART.

Send it to

They offer careers in game design, marketing, finances and accounting, creative departments, software development, and much more. You can view a list of current job openings here.

There are more resources here for artists who are interested in creating works for Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, TOR Books, and more.

It’s not just important to have representation, it’s important to have people of color on creation teams, putting their stuff out there, and making a huge difference by and for fantasy fans of color.


How far back can homosexuality be traced in Africa? You cannot argue with rock paintings. Thousands of years ago, the San people of Zimbabwe depicted anal sex between men. The truth is that, like everywhere else, African people have expressed a wide range of sexualities. Far from bringing homosexuality with them, Christian and Islamic forces fought to eradicate it. By challenging the continent’s indigenous social and religious systems, they helped demonise and persecute homosexuality in Africa, paving the way for the taboos that prevail today.
The idea that African homosexuality was a colonial import is a myth | Bernardine Evaristo | Comment is free | (via qbits)
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